St. Jacob Mayor
Richard L. Schiefer
Job: Business owner/manager for over 30 years
Facebook: Richard Schiefer for St. Jacob Mayor
Education: BA Degree in Higher Accounting and Business Administration
Previous offices: 12 years as mayor of St. Jacob and 15 years as trustee including present term
Top issues: To make sure village projects are completed before starting new ones. Homecoming account funds audited as part of the city audit which is not being done. To have our elected committee chairperson be in charge of their committee as noted in the village codifications, not a one man control. Village ordinances need to be followed and enforced to prevent unpaid water/sewer/trash bills getting out of control. Prevent intimidation of citizens when they go for information. To prevent shutdown of village operations because trustees asked questions about the budget and lacking answers, would not pass with the mayor knowing the village was operating under approved appropriations. To protect the assets of the village and not transfer $200,000.00 from sewer funds to water fund to make books look good. To make sure the accounting practices are modified for per diem expenses, to avoid one check being written for the total expenses for some trustees and village employees to attend an IML conference and the funds distributed in cash instead of a check issued to each attendee. Legal costs need to reduced.
St. Jacob mayor candidate Raymond Muniz did not respond.
St. Jacob Village Trustee
Joseph (Joe) Beil
Job: Retired coal miner - retired insurance & investment agent
Education: High school degree in Applied Science - various certificates and college courses
Previous offices: None
Qualifications: I love St. Jacob. I am a regular person who addresses issues with a commonsense approach. I believe we need a change in the administration. I believe in personal responsibility: You only buy what you can afford, you pay your bills and you don't spend money foolishly. Your family comes first and you are always honest with them. This is how government should be and I will work hard to do that as your trustee. I know what it takes to raise a family and for seniors living with limited funds. That is why the citizens should be first and foremost in all decisions made by the village board & its president. I believe in God, family & country, not political correctness, minority rule or the good ol' boy system. Instead, I would like to create a 10 most wanted list of the wants of our citizens and will always be available to hear them.
Top issues: To have the village ordinance followed regarding utility bills in arrears, costing our citizens a lot of money. To have zoning rules followed and decisions made legally to avoid costly court proceedings against the village. To follow the correct filing procedures regarding annexations that cost us several thousands of dollars. To replace the good ol' boy system of favors being given with townsfolk who put the citizens first, not politics and personal gain. To cut unnecessary expenses used for out-of-town trips, travel, entertainment, accommodations, and legal fees. And above all: To preserve the much loved small-town atmosphere that existed previously, before politics.
St. Jacob village trustee candidates Christopher Tolbert, George J. Gavlick Jr. and Robert "Bobby" Ross did not respond.